I appreciate that the SF - Vegas route has been discussed amply here, and I've read a number of threads with interest. I'm interested in some pointers in terms of specific timings. I will be in San Fran on the 6th August night (maybe a day earlier, still up in the air), and have to be in Boulder by the 18th morning, which gives me 11 days. I'm planning on doing SF - Vegas, the question is whether I could also drive from Vegas to Boulder, or whether I have to fly. My gut feeling is that even if I rush Vegas to Boulder (say in 2 days), it would still be preferable to flying, something better than nothing!
In any case, I had this rough outline, I wonder if people had thoughts on how feasible it is. Never been in the US, so planning this a bit blind.
7-9: Stay in SF, but on the 9th afternoon start travelling towards yosemite. Spend the night outside the park near the western entrance.
10: Visit Yosemite, stay somewhere outside the park (eastern entrance? Lee vining/mammoth lakes)
11: Go back into Yosemite for half a day, then start heading death valley way, stay somewhere outside death valley (lone pine?)
12: Death valley, then head to Vegas.
13-14: Grand Canyon. Maybe go out one day, stay there (helicopter tours worth it on one day?) then come back the following day, 14th night in Vegas.
15-17: Vegas to Boulder. Not sure where I'd stay, but should be ample time. Of interest that I can see (directly on route) are Zion and Bryce. Finishing the 17th a couple of hours from boulder would be ok.
The main bit that might be rushed is yosemite-death valley. Is the plan above feasible? Adding a day there would give me just two days to do Vegas-Boulder, which I think is ok, but gf not that keen. The other option is to just fly from Vegas to Denver on the 17th evening, giving me an extra 2-3 days to do Yosemite a bit slower, maybe a day trip to Zion, or sequoia national park before death valley.
It appears that the potential extra day I might get by arriving earlier (find out tomorrow) might make a big difference, but want to get plans sorted as I'm rapidly running out of time.
Any suggestions/ideas on the specifics of the above plan would be greatly appreciated!